Why Have We Become So Impatient?

Posted by Nashra Ahmed
January 5, 2017

Just a few days back, I came across a piece of disturbing news. It said that a man killed a couple in his neighbourhood because they used a common boundary wall for drying their quilt. The couple is survived by two children. If given a deep thought, the situation is not that simple as it seems. It’s not something one needs to be angry about or be filled with sympathy for the children.

Such incidents hardly made the headlines a decade back. But now we get to hear many like them. So, the question is, who must one blame? What has really led to this sharp increase in impatience amongst us? Have certain unfortunate incidents led to them? Or we actually don’t care for all this anymore? But we will have to care.

Everything we need, be it basic necessities or items of luxury, are available to us very easily. It’s a fast-paced world. And our expectation of getting them in the shortest possible time is also increasing.

Whatever we feel, our thoughts just take a few seconds to reach the other person, unlike the olden days, when letters took a long time to reach their destination. The mediums through which we communicate have become so handy, that many a times we don’t feel the need to think twice about the messages we send. But when the letters were written, words were chosen and thought about carefully. People used to wait for days to hear from their loved ones. And obviously, the hand written words were immensely valuable as the ink on the page reflected the writer’s feelings.

When we expect everything to happen so fast, right from the food we order, to the success in our lives, is it very hard to understand why that man wanted immediate justice and hence chose the easiest way to sort the situation by killing the old couple? And absolutely not acknowledging the consequences.

Charles Caleb Colton said, “Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength.”